LLM in Governance and Law in Digital Society University of Groningen
University of Groningen
The University of Groningen is a top 100 research university with a global outlook. We are currently ranked 80th in the Times Higher Education ranking and offer over 30 English-taught Bachelor's programs and over 125 Master's programs. Founded in 1614, the university is one of the oldest research universities in the Netherlands. We are a truly international university, with over 30,000 students and 6,000 international students from over 120 different nationalities.
Why choose Groningen?
Top-quality education: the University of Groningen offers a varied range of interesting, highly regarded degree programs. As a student, you will receive high-quality supervision and have many options to choose from. The University of Groningen has been awarded the ‘Best Traditional University in the Netherlands’ quality label.
Top-notch research: we are among the top research universities in Europe. In 2016, our professor Ben Feringa won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The University carries out ground-breaking and socially relevant research and our research builds bridges between disciplines.
Vibrant student life: Groningen is a vibrant student city. Its population has the lowest average age in the Netherlands. One in four of the 200.000 inhabitants is a student. Students can be seen everywhere: studying in the park, enjoying the nightlife, and working various part-time jobs. Groningen is a safe and green city to live in and was chosen as one of the happiest cities in Europe.
400 years of reputation: The University of Groningen has a rich history and an excellent reputation. Many very talented people in a variety of disciplines have studied or worked at the university during the 400 years of its existence, including four Nobel Prize winners, the first female University student in the Netherlands, the first female lecturer, the first Dutch astronaut, and the first president of the European Bank.
Truly international: We are known for our large international community. Nearly 6,000 international students study in Groningen annually from over 120 countries. Living in Groningen without speaking Dutch is not a problem; you will be able to order food, shop for clothes, and even take sports classes in English. The University of Groningen has strong international connections, which means that you can easily spend part of your degree studying abroad. We also offer several unique international Master’s programs in cooperation with other large European universities.
At the moment the University of Groningen offers over 125 English-taught Master's programs, 18 of which are rated as “Top Rated Program” in the Netherlands.
Research and education at the University of Groningen are organized within 11 different faculties. These faculties are:
Faculty of Economics and Business
Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Medical Sciences
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Spatial Sciences
Faculty of Philosophy
Faculty of Science and Engineering
University College Groningen
Governance and Law in Digital Society is a one-year program, consisting of lectures, a seminar, an internship, and a master's thesis. The first semester comprises various courses on key themes of governance and law in a digital society, focusing on issues such as privacy, safety, and security, but also the construction of effective cooperation and efficient delivery through sharing and analyzing data.
The focus is not only on becoming familiar with theoretical concepts but also on developing research skills. During the program, you will become familiar with problems the public sector faces. You will gain practical experience through guest lectures and discussions about present-day topics of an organization such as the National Police Corps, Europol, consultancy agencies, or governmental organizations as broad as local authorities or the Immigration Services.
The second semester is aimed at deepening this knowledge. The semester starts with two additional courses. Furthermore, students will become familiar with the current practice through an internship. The final assessment is a master thesis, which is written for an organization of preference, that will answer a scientific question of practical importance by combining a juridical analysis and social scientific research.
Please note, course names and schedules in the overview below are occasionally subject to change. You can find the full course descriptions in Ocasys by clicking the link 'Course Catalog' in the schedule.
- Policy science in digital society (6 EC)
- Supervision & Enforcement in digital society (6 EC)
- Seminar Policy Analysis (6 EC)
- Modern Public Management (6 EC)
- Security & Privacy in Digital Society (6 EC)
- Cyber Crime (5 EC)
- Regulation of digital technologies (5 EC)
- Thesis Project (20 EC)
- Study abroad is optional
- For an average of 20 weeks
- Maximum of 30 EC
More information grade average
On top of providing the Admissions Board with transcripts and diplomas, students should have an equivalent minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) of 7/10 (Dutch grading scale).
Native speakers of English may request exemption from providing proof of proficiency. Otherwise, you will need to provide proof of English language proficiency:
- TOEFL: 100 (all sections need to be at least 21; the writing section needs to be at least 23)
- IELTS: 7 (all sections need to be at least 6.0; the writing section needs to be at least 6.5)
- Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English);
- Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English)
- Applicants who are taking/have completed an English-taught bachelor program at a Dutch research university may be exempt from taking an English proficiency test.
The test scores cannot be older than two years.
Since the program Governance and Law in Digital Society (GLDS) is a mix of law and social sciences, most students will have to participate in a pre-LLM program in order to be admitted. Therefore, two types of pre-LLM programs are presented here: an intensive online Pre-LLM for law students and regular pre-LLMs for social science students and for International Relations.
Please note, students with a Bachelor of Law of the University of Groningen, with the specialization Juridische Bestuurskunde, are directly admissible. Also for graduates of a bachelor in Public Administration, Applied Safety & Security Studies or Law at NHL Stenden with the integrated premaster direct admission is possible.
Candidates must provide one letter of reference from an academic referee who has detailed knowledge of their academic records. The reference can be emailed to the Admission Office from your referee's institutional e-mail address or uploaded in the Online Application System. The uploaded letter should be on letterhead and signed by the referee and must contain the contact details of your referee, including his or her institutional e-mail address.
Applicants must send a motivation letter (max. 650 words). The letter should be written by the applicants themselves; it is not allowed to submit an (official) translation.
Type of student Deadline Start course Dutch students 01 May 2023 01 September 2023 EU/EEA students 01 May 2023 01 September 2023 non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2023 01 September 2023
Program Tuition Fee
In the job market, there is a clear demand for graduates with an interdisciplinary profile capable of interpreting development in a digital society and responding to them accordingly. The Master's program is designed to meet the increasing demand and prepare students for a career within the field.
Graduates of this program go on to work in a variety of positions in the public sector. Career opportunities are not limited to traditional authorities such as ministries or subnational authorities but also found within organizations surrounding them, for example, the Public Prosecution Service, consultancy agencies, and the police organization.
Further, all students have access to the university Careers Services Law which can help them in finding and preparing for internships and employment.
- Data specialist, coordinator of a shared data center or information manager at a subnational authority
- Consultant, for example of IT, risks, digital transformation, digital safety, or law enforcement in a digital society
- A specialist at a regulatory body, such as the Data Protection Authority